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welcome to newsday, on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. the headlines: more than 80,000 people on the indonesian island of lombok are thought to be seeking refuge following sunday's powerful earthquake. translation: there are too many patients. we have to prioritize who among them need the most help. kidnapped and held hostage by so—called islamic state. wejoin a spanish photographer as he returns to syria and faces his alleged captors. i'm babita sharma, in london. also in the programme: california fights its biggest everfire — the mega blaze has already burned through over 290,000 acres. ten years on, we consider the sporting and social legacy of the 2008 beijing olympics. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning.
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it's 1:00 in the morning in london, 8am in singapore and also in lombok, indonesia where we now know that more than 105 people died, following sunday's powerful earthquake. but two days on, survivors are still being found. the 6.9—magnitude quake was the second to hit the area injust over a week. mehulika sitepu reports from lombok. it's 48 hours after the earthquake hit lombok. a man is pulled out a collapsed mosque, and a search for survivors continues. nearby, a 23—year—old woman is rescued after being trapped beneath a flattened convenience store.
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translation: they thought they smelt dead bodies, but when we opened up an access point, it turns out the smell came from rotten eggs. then we heard a voice. the ones that survived have been taken to the nearest hospital which has also been damaged by the earthquake. patients are being treated in tents outdoors, mostly suffering from broken bones. translation: there are too many patients. we have to prioritise who among them need the most help. so, for patients that can bear the pain, we put them on hold. we handle those who are in emergencies first. 0n the gili islands, many continue to wait to be ta ken to safety, but now thousands have been able to leave. it was really scary. there were so many people injured, but nobody came to the island. so maybe we were there for, like, 12 hours before a boat came or anybody came.
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since sunday's earthquake, hundreds of after—shocks have been felt in the area, with more expected. for the rescue crews it means treacherous conditions, as they continue their search for survivors. mehulika sitepu, bbc news, lombok. dini widiastuti is coordinating a team of relief workers in lombok for plan international. she told me the task ahead is extremely difficult. it has been progressing but quite slowly because of the problem with sending logistics as already informed, probably, the viewers can see that the roads also are damaged, heavily damaged, and also bridges as well so it makes it difficult for assistance to go into the more remote areas. so there are still lots of villages that have been affected but have not got any assistance at all. we've heard the latest reports
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say that 80,000 people have been displaced. what provisions are there for them now, in terms of shelter, aid, and food? plan has been trying to be send shelter kits for 500 families, in the north, lombok, the most effected district there. i know many other agencies are also trying to do that but reaching the areas is a bit challenging. have you been getting any assistance from the government, and what is your assessment of how their emergency response has been so far? 0ur co—ordination with the government on the ground and also in the clusters injakarta, the government has been doing all they can. as you can imagine, the first 72 hours is chaotic. a lot of things happening, people are panicking and everybody is trying best they can to respond to the situation.
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shelter kits and medical profession help has been there. sent to help families and, in ourcase, also children and women. but indeed, as i said before, even in one area, one village that we know, 100% of the houses are destroyed. what is your biggest challenge looking at the days ahead? the emergency period is until the 11th of august but we can foresee that this is going to be longer, in terms of really responding to the needs of the people there, of the children's symptoms, in terms of healing and getting things back to normal. we are preparing to see things going for probably months before the really full recovery situation. there's plenty more on the earthquake
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and the ongoing efforts to find survivors on our website. simply head to bbc dot com foward slash news. or you can download the bbc news app. our other top story: donald trump has given a strong warning to nations looking to trade with iran, after the first batch of us sanctions were re—imposed on the country. the president tweeted that anyone doing business with iran wouldn't be doing business with the us, possibly in response to a pledge by the european union to protect firms trading with iran. here's the eu's foreign policy chief. the trade that the european union has with iran, compared with the trade we have worldwide, is very little, but it is a fundamental aspect of the iranian right to have an economic advantage in exchange of what they have done so far, which is being compliant with all their nuclear related commitments. also making news today:
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police in indonesia have charged a man under sex abuse and child protection laws after they freed a 28—year—old woman who was held captive in a cave for 15 years. an 83—year—old man allegedly kidnapped the woman when she was 13. they say he sexually abused her for more than decade. local media say the man was known as an alternative healer and for performing black magic. japan's tokyo medical university has admitted it routinely manipulated entrance test scores to keep women out. an internal investigation showed that dozens of male candidates had their test scores raised whilst women's scores were left unchanged. officials at the university have apologised and say they may offer compensation to those affected. the british prime minister, theresa may has called for borisjohnson to apologise for his comments about burkas and niqabs. the former foreign secretary said women wearing the face coverings looked like letter—boxes or bank robbers. some politicians have described his
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remarks as islamophobic. but a source close to mrjohnson said he would not retract his comments. ivan duque has been sworn in as colombia's next president. mr duque has been a critic of the former presidentjuan santos and his peace deal with the revolutionary armed forces. he has promised to revise parts of it. and sprinter usain bolt is making a career change. it's been announced that he's joining australian soccer team the central coast mariners for an "indefinite training period" although he won't be guaranteed a professional contract at the club. bolt has already trained with several clubs, includingborussia dortmund in germany. the islamic state group's kidnapping and murder ofjournalists and aid workers brought it to the world's attention. ricardo vilanova, a spanish photographer,
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was one of their captives. he says that his tormentors were a group of four britishjihadists, dubbed "the beatles" by their captives. the gang are thought to have tortured and murdered as many as 27 people. in this exclusive report, mr vilanova returns to syria with our middle east correspondent, quentin sommerville, to find the former prisons where he was held, and the men he accuses of keeping him captive. 0n the river euphrates, photojournalist ricardo vilanova is on a personal assignment. war, he says, brings out the best of us — and the worst. in raqqa, he experienced both. under kurdish escort, he's come to find his formerjail. and his formerjailers. is gang of britishjihadists, known to their prisoners as "the beatles". this is the right place but we don't
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know exactly what is, because maybe the house is there but the problem maybe it was destroyed. ricardo was held captive for eight months. he and his british, french and american cell—mates were moved regularly to prevent any western rescue attempts. once an is stronghold, this ground now belongs to the kurds. the house was destroyed by a coalition air strike. this is the place. this was the view that ricardo saw, a rare glimpse of sunlight from underneath his blindfold. we are here in the room, and we used to sleep there, and we had the toilet there, on the second floor. now, ricardo is free to go where he wants. the cells under raqqa's stadium are a reminder that is brutalised a population. a new sadism was born here in this is prison.
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he was held nearby. ricardo heard the screams of the tortured and the dying on a daily basis. yeah, we spent three months here in a cell like that, three people. eventually, his government secured his freedom. ransoms were paid. then, he went back to work. but his task here is not complete. here are the men suspected of imprisoning him. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh are accused of torturing and killing 27 hostages. ricardo wants to confront them. he says they're cowards who fled the battlefield. they refused to answer his questions and quickly bringthe interview to a halt. and quickly bring the
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interview to a halt. before he leaves, he takes a final picture. but they want to shut him out. afterwards, he gave me his reaction to the meeting. translation: i wanted to see the suspects and look them in the face, that's it. the first thing i thought when i saw them was gaddafi or saddam. they were able to torture and murder, but when the moment arrived, they handed themselves in order to survive. i think that's despicable. should they face the death penalty? translation: no, i don't believe in the death penalty. but i think they should spend the rest of their lives in prison, and in the same conditions they kept their hostages. his tormentors are now dead or injail.
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ricardo vilanova had the strength and the opportunity to survive. but more than that, he's had the courage to return here, so that these dark horrors won't be forgotten. quentin somerville, bbc news, raqqa. officials in california say they're now dealing with the largest ever wildfire, to hit the state. the result of two fires that have joined together, the mega blaze has already burned through over 290,000 acres. eleven people have died since the fires broke out last month. the us president donald trump has been talking about the situation in california. he has just
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been talking about the situation in california. he hasjust finished that talk. he said that we are looking to what can be done to mitigate fire danger in the states. he added that my administration is in co nsta nt he added that my administration is in constant contact with the state authorities. more meetings to come regarding this. from california, here's peter bowes. california's new normal. raging wildfires eclipsing previous records in their size and ferocity. about 150 miles north of san francisco, two fires have merged to create this monster. its sheer size is overwhelming, about the same area as the city of los angeles. fuelled by intensely hot weather, strong winds, low humidity and tinder dry brush, the flames are consuming everything in their path. what can you say? it makes you sick to your stomach. everything they worked for all of their life gone in a heartbeat. the firefighting effort is intense.
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we are hitting it with the aircraft, cooling it down and that is allowing the ground crews in there to put out the fire. throughout california, more than 14,000 firefighters, some from overseas, and hundreds of us army personnel are battling at least 16 major wildfires. weather forecasters are warning of no letup in the searing temperatures, it could take weeks to bring the current fires under control and the long, hot summer is far from over. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a decade since the stunning showpiece of the 2008 beijing olympics — we consider what the lasting legacy of the games is in china. also on the programme: black—business in brooklyn. how african—american entrepreneurs say there's more to the new york borough than its hipster image. the question was whether we want
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to save our people, and japanese as well, and win the war or taking a chance to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at 2am this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the
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anglican community. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: more than 80,000 people on the indonesian island of lombok are seeking help after losing their homes in a powerful earthquake on sunday. the number of dead now stands at 105. donald trump has tweeted that anyone doing business with iran won't be doing business with the us — the european union has pledged to protect firms trading legitimately with iran. and all of the bbc‘s online services are currently blocked in china, following a decision by the corporation to change its websites to the https format — which is widely considered to be more secure but is routinely blocked in china. in a statement, the bbc recommended the use of a virtual private network to access its services. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world.
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0n the front page of the strait times, former malaysian prime minister najib razak faces fresh charges over money laundering. he will make his second appearance in court after he was toppled from power in may. the south china morning post reports that hong kong's railway operator has overhauled its top management after they failed to handle problems at the city's most expensive railway project. the china daily looks at our lead story — the earthquake in the tourist hotspot lombok, indonesia. it shows a foreign tourist being carried two days after the area was struck and has killed over 100 poeople. now what stories are sparking discussions online? people in southern india are mourning the veteran politician, muthuvel karunanidhi who has
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died at the age of 94. he served as chief minister in the state of tamil nadu five times between 1969 and 2011. he also campaigned against the caste system. tensions have been rising as thousands of mourners joined demonstrations to demand a prime beach—side burial site in chennai for the late dmk party leader. some protesters clashed with police officers and a security alert has been put in place across the state. a decade has passed since the stunning showpiece of the 2008 beijing olympics. at the time, china was hailed for stagin an incredible show for the entire world to enjoy. the impressive bird's nest stadium is still in use to this day — and will play host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 winter olympic games but time has not been kind to some of the arenas which now lie rusting or rotting. so what is the sporting and social legacy of beijing 2008.
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0ur correspondent in beijing told is the promised legacy has not lived up to reality. at this time, people are reflecting, what was it like then? what were we thinking in terms of where china was going and where is it going now? you mentioned we have written a piece for the bbc website and interviewed lots of chinese artists, architects and the like, they came back to china prior to the olympics full of the hope of the possibility of where this country was going. for many people, at an intellectual level in society, they are feeling... betrayed might be too strong, but certainly in terms of opening up an engagement with the world, it seemed like so much was possible in the run—up to the olympics. i can remember the feeling at the time, now it is a different place, people are reserved and worried
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about getting into trouble and they don't necessarily think that things will automatically get at the. that is not the same experience for all chinese people, it depends who you are because if you look at the statistics in terms of the poorest chinese, they are still being lifted out of poverty and their lives are still getting better so for them they be the promise of that time still holds true. we know that the winter olympics are coming up in 2022, might that hold the same kind of promise? will people hopefully be looking forward to that in terms of growth and art? is interesting. may be, i don't know. traditionally, the winter olympics hasn't drawn the same global attention as the summer olympics, but when it is in china it becomes a different prospect.
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if the government is going to try to use this to sell certain aspects of life here, what it is doing, maybe it will be quite a big deal. i wonder really, the summer 0lympics, all sorts of promises had to be made in terms of opening up so they can secure the all in big games. they didn't have to do that with the winter olympics so i don't know if it will deliver the same social momentum. brooklyn is known worldwide for its hipster culture. think manicured beards, handmade preserves, and edgy fashion. but now black—owned businesses want to prove there's more to new york's hippest borough. i think there has been a trend over the past maybe 5—10 years of discussing brooklyn within the lens of white hipsters. we are here trying to balance out conversation of what brooklyn looks like and feels like and tastes like.
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black 0wned brooklyn is a curated guide based of brooklyn—based black owned brands and companies and the people behind those companies. we started it because we saw it was a resource missing from the internet. we have covered everything from a pizza parlour to an acupuncture studio, to a feminist bookstore cafe. everything and anything is here and we are really trying to cover as much of it as much as we possibly can. what does being a black business owner in brooklyn mean to you? it means community, responsibility, opportunity and providing opportunity. i think it is my responsibility to make sure that every chance i get i am partnering with other black folks. it has always been a challenge to be a young black business owner,
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and i am still a young black business owner and there is still a lot of challenges, but to be on this platform to show that at i work very hard to be here. showing that it can happen. visibility matters. if no one is documenting it, then no one will ever know that it existed. it's the narrative of american history, the erasure of the black contribution to the building of this country. why we don't go into a business with a set question about, so let's talk about gentrification today, sometimes it will come up were people will talk about having it be really important to be a black business owner against the backdrop of a changing brooklyn, where the story about black people is usually that we are being pushed out or we're not here any more. the more black—owned businesses there are, the more people can sort of see the possibilities. i am hoping that people will take away the broadness and beauty of blackness in general,
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to understand that there is not one way of being black or one way of seeing black. i have a brother in brooklyn and it is about time i go to visit him... you have been watching newsday. stay with us. and before we go, let's leave you with these pictures taken in cape cod, massachusetts. this is biologist greg skomal who was searching for great white sharks off the coast. but the shark expert got a little more than he bargained for. it didn't take a shark long to find him though. as you can see, one breached just below his feet catching him completely by surprise. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there.
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tuesday marked the end of the heat wave across the south—east, we saw temperatures reaching the low 30s celcius, but it all ended with showers and thunderstorms late on tuesday and into the early part of wednesday. these tending to clear out into the north sea, leaving a legacy of cloud here. a few showers across the north—west of the country, otherwise a dry and a clear start to wednesday morning. a cooler feel, 10—16 or 17 degrees. for today it really will feel cool and fresher right across the board, including the south—east, with a mixture of sunshine and showers. most of these in the west. the reason for the change and dropping temperatures is because we have cooler north—westerly airflow of the atlantic, pushing all of that heat into the near continent. so this is the picture for today. maybe a bit of cloud to start with off across the south—east, but most of it will be across northern and western areas where we will see scattered showers, some heavy and maybe thundery. showers around, the temperature is 17—24 or 25 degrees, feeling cooler than what we are used
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to over the past few days. on thursday and other largely dry day, could see some rain into the near continent clip the south—east of england, uncertainty as to how far westwards this will be. most of the showers will be across the north—west corner with temperatures pretty much where they should be. 17—23 degrees. on friday it is another similar story of sunshine and showers. some of them could be quite heavy across northern and western areas, but probably the best of the sunshine across sheltered eastern parts, temperatures in the high teens to the low 20s celsius. significant change into the weekend for some of us. a big area of low pressure hurtling off the atlantic and at this point it looks like it will affect more northern and western parts of the uk with persistent and heavy rain at times. it could be a dry start on saturday across northern and eastern areas, before the cloud tends to push in as the day wears on. i put wind arrows here because it will be a blustery day wherever you are. pretty dusty over southern and western coasts and over the hills.
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temperatures wise, 19—22 or 23 celsius. into sunday, most of the heavy rain will be again across the northern half of the country, maybe a few showers into wales and western england, but notice the south—east could escape and we could see quite a bit of sunshine. a blustery day on sunday, variable amounts of cloud and most of the rain across the northern and western areas, the best of the sunshine in the south—east, temperatures range from 18—25 celsius. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story — more than 80,000 people on the indonesian island of lombok are seeking help after losing their homes in a powerful earthquake on sunday. medical staff are treating some of the injured in tents. several days after the quake, the second to hit the area in a week, aftershocks are still being felt. the number of dead now stands at 105. donald trump has tweeted that anyone doing business with iran won't be doing business with the us. the european union has pledged to protect firms trading legitimately with tehran.
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and this video is trending on bbc.com. sprinter usain bolt is making a career change. it's been announced that he's joining australian soccer team the central coast mariners for an "indefinite training period", although he won't be guaranteed a professional contract at the club. that's all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk — theresa may calls for borisjohnson to apologise for his comments
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